Australian Reads…

Welcome one and all to another Wacky Wednesday post. With Australia Day coming up on Saturday, I thought Today I would go through my Favourite Australian Reads. All of these book are by Australian Authors, even though some of them aren’t actually set in Australia.

So without further ado, lets jump into my Australian Reads:

Nineteen Letters by Jodi Perry: This book took my breath away. A truly beautiful, tender story with an amazing plot. This book was warm and intimate, whilst still containing funny scenes and witty banter. This book is one of my favourite reads of the year. If you havent read it yet, do it now.

Secrets Between Friends by Fiona Palmer: I loved this book. The story was amazing, the characters were relatable and well-defined and the writing was superb. This book is the perfect summer read. I honestly can’t stop raving about this book.

Nevermore by Jessica Townsend: If you’re looking for a wacky, magical story then this is the book for you. With amazing characters, and fantastic story and wonderful descriptions, Nevermore will take you on a journey that you wont want to end. Thankfully this is the first book in a new series, so there will be plenty more awesomeness to come.

Leaving Ocean Road by Esther Campion: This book was amazing. Esther Campion did a fantastic job with this book. I laughed and I cried and I laughed again. This book was so relatable and had such real characters, I couldn’t help but fall in love with this book.

The Beekeeper’s Secret by Josephine Moon: This beautiful book is set in modern times, with current events being intertwined into a beautiful plot. With family the core of this book, I just fell in love. With amazing characters and cinematic writing I felt like I was apart of this story. I can’t think of another book like this one. In my opinion its one of a kind.

The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff: This series blew my mind. I honestly didn’t know what to expect going into this book. The answer, expect the unexpected. This entire series is mind-blowing. I couldn’t get over how creative and artistic this book was. On top of its unique layout, the story is absolutely fantastic. A must read series.

The Turners series by Mick Elliott: I loved this series. This fantastic series follows Leo Lennox and Co. Leo is a newly discovered ‘turner’ who unintentionally finds himself caught up in a world-wide, murderous conspiracy. This series was action packed, fast paced and utterly brilliant. I can’t speak highly enough of this series.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: I love this book. An all time favourite of mine that change the way I look at the world. I have read many books about war and conflict but I never stopped to think about these situations through the eyes of a child. This book really opened my eyes to the children affected by war. This is something that I still think about today when reading about or seeing something about conflict.

Love Your Sister by Connie and Sam Johnson: This beautiful book is an open and honest  account of a families journey with cancer. This book was so well written and had me crying from both tears of joy and tears of sadness. This amazing book will touch your heart and stay with you long after the final page.

The Heart Of The City series by C.J. Duggan: I absolutely love this series. All the books are stand alone they just have to same theme. And I have loved each and every one of them. I get a thrill every time a new book comes out. These amazing books have great characters, awesome stories and breathtaking locations. I am so glad I decided to read these books, they are just a joy to read.

Storm and Grace by Kathryn Heyman: I loved this book. An amazingly haunting story, by a fantastic author. I couldn’t put this book down, and I havent stopped talking about it since I finished it. This book is so relevent for the climate we live in, and I think everyone should read it.

A Letter From Italy by Pamela Hart: I absolutely loved love this book. A fictional story based on Australia’s first female war correspondent. This book had great characters, a fantastic story and an intriguing setting. I couldn’t put this book down, and I can’t stop raving about it. A must read.

The Song Of Us by J.D. Barrett:  I absolutely adored this book. Zoe is a harpist who spends her days playing for the dying. After losing a client Zoe decides its time for her to start living. Filled with love, happiness and truly tender moments, This is definitely a book that I am going to read many times in the future. I don’t have a bad word to say about J.D. Barrett’s The Song Of Us. This book is a must read, I promise It will stay with you long after the final page.

The Secret Recipe For Second Chances by J.D. Barrett: Another awesome book by J.D. Barrett. This amazing book was funny yet completely heartwarming. Filled with mouth-watering recipes and witty dialog, this book was the perfect read. J.D. Barrett did an amazing job with this book and I for one would love to see it get more attention.

The Paris Wedding by Charlotte Nash:  I loved this book. The Paris Wedding transported me from an Australian Farm to the city of love and back. This book had it all. Amazing story, great characters and breathtaking descriptions. This book is not to be missed.

Fairvale Ladies Book Club by Sophie Green: This book is a masterpiece. With so many interconnected stories and characters, this book just flowed. With truly heartwarming and heartbreaking moments, this book will stay with you long after the last page.

Well that’s it from me. I hope you all enjoyed this list. Let me no in the comments if you have read any of these book, or if you have a recommendation for me.

Untill next time…

Happy Reading…

❤ Gem


Bookmas 2018 Day 11…

On the eleventh day of Bookmas gemsbooknook gave to you…

11 Australian Reads:

Sisters And Brothers by Fiona Palmer: I absolutely loved this book. This is the second book I have read by Fiona Palmer and she is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. This book is both heartwarming and heartbreaking, with a fantastic plot and truly wonderful characters. I will be reading this book many times in the future.

Before I Let You Go by Kelly Rimmer: I absolutely loved this book. I honestly couldn’t put it down. I was captivated from start to finish. I honestly can’t describe how this book made me feel. It was so emotional, real and heartbreaking. This is a book that I believe everyone should read.

The Bulldog Track by Peter Phelps: This book was wonderful. I am really interested in Australian military History and I have read many book about the Kokoda Track so I was genuinely surprised that I had never hear of The Bulldog Track ‘the other Kokoda’. I am so glad I have read this book and I cant wait to share it with my friends and family.

The Desert Nurse by Pamela Hart: This is the second of Pamela Hart’s books I have read and it didn’t disappoint. Her writing is amazing, her characters are three-dimensional and relatable and her descriptions are breathtaking. I don’t have a bad word to say about this book and I cant wait to see what Pamela Hart comes out with next.

The Beast’s Heart by Leife Shallcross: I absolutely adored this book. As a massive fan of Beauty and the Beast, I am very critical of people touching that particular tale, but this book was absolutely amazing. I honestly don’t have the words to describe how wonderful this book was. I think the best way to sum it up is… The best retelling I have ever read.

Hollywood Heartbreak by C.J. Duggan: The fifth standalone book in The Heart Of The City series, and it didn’t disappoint. I absolutely love this series and I absolutely loved this book. With wonderful characters, a great storyline and a fantastic setting, this amazing book will transport the reader to Hollywood and take them on a roller coaster ride through glitz and glamour. This book is not to be missed.

Get Remarkably Organised by Lorraine Murphy: This great book is filled will tips and exercises to help you get organised and live your best life. Some of the tips in this book didn’t really relate to me, but I have taken note of the ones that I think will benefit my life. If you are struggling with staying on top of all the tasks you have to get accomplished or you want to be more productive than this is the book for you.

Millionaire Mountain Climber by Laura Boon: I loved this book. It had a great plot, awesome characters and a breathtaking setting. It really is everything you want in a romance novel; sweet, sexy and fun. I didn’t just read this book I devoured it. I am so excited to read the next book in the Romancing The Alps series.

Floodline by Kathryn Heyman: This book was absolutely fantastic. I was captivated from the first page and I didn’t want it to end. The story being told was so emotional and utterly human, that it was easy to forget you weren’t actually living it. I honestly don’t have a bad word to say about this book.

Esme’s Wish by Elizabeth Foster. I loved this book. I am so glad that I decided to read it and I am so excited knowing that it is going to be a series. The characters were interesting and relatable so it made it really easy to fall into this story. I loved the magic and mystery in this book. The writing was beautiful and had a really lyrical quality about it. I cant wait to continue with this series.

Dear Santa by Samuel Johnson: This book was awesome. I laughed, I cried and I laughed some more. I loved the whole idea of this book and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. Let me tell you it didn’t disappoint. These wonderful letters were perfectly written and made for a truly wonderful reading experience. This book is a must have for every Australian.

Well that’s it from me. Let me know if you read an Australian books in 2018 in the comment section.

Until next time…

Happy Reading…

❤ Gem


Bookmas 2018 Day 1…

On the first day of Bookmas gemsbooknook gave to you…

1 Bookmas Tree.

Yes, it’s that time again; Bookmas!!!

Over the next twelve days I will be posting daily, counting down to Christmas. Each post will have a different theme to enjoy.

I am going to try my best not to repeat any books. If a book is included in the first eleven days then it may be repeated on day twelve when I choose my twelve favourite book of the year. Apart from my top 12, the rest of the books will only appear in one Bookmas post, regardless of how much I loved it.

These lists includes books I have read this year even if they weren’t 2018 New Releases. If I read it this year it is eligible for my Bookmas countdown.

As it is day 1, I am kicking off Bookmas with a Bookmas Tree.

Drum roll please….

2018’s Bookmas Tree…

Well that’s it for Bookmas day 1.

Until Tomorrow…

Happy Reading…

Merry Bookmas….

❤ Gem

November TBR…

It’s that time again… TBR…

I had a great reading month in October, reading 7 books (4 books from my TBR). So I am aiming for at least 6 or 7 books in November. I am also hoping to read at least 1 Shakespeare Play, 10 Shakespeare Sonnets, 5 fairy-tales from The Brother’s Grimm and 3 ‘books’ from Les Miserable by Victor Hugo.

As usual this TBR is bound to change, so this is what my TBR looks like at the moment.

So without further ado here is my November TBR:

The Children Of Cherry Tree Farm by Enid Blyton

Clean by Juno Dawson

Esme’s Wish by Elizabeth Foster

The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Grind by Edward Vukovic

Siren’s Wave by J.A. Hazel

Between Shades Of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Floodlines by Kathryn Heyman

I guess we will see how I did in my November Wrap up. I hope you all have a great reading month, As usual keep your eye out for reviews.

Untill next time…

Happy Reading…

❤ Gem